Wexford stunned by three deaths

David Tucker

Published 09/06/2015 | 00:00

Byrne Perry summer school opening at, Gorey library; chairman Fr. Walter Forde hitting a high note ..
Byrne Perry summer school opening at, Gorey library; chairman Fr. Walter Forde hitting a high note ..
ABOVE: Wexford Sea Scouts skipper Joe Thomas. BELOW: Fr. Walter Forde, PP, Castlebridge. BELOW, LEFT: Presentation school teacher Margaret Walsh.
The late Margaret Walsh taught English, History and CSPE.

WEXFORD has been stunned by the deaths of three giants of the local community over the past week.

On Friday, the 'skipper' of Wexford's sea scouts, Joe Thomas, died at Wexford General Hospital at the age of 57, following a short illness. Members of the scouting community in Wexford and further afield said his death had left them stunned and bereft at the loss of a man many regarded as a father figure.

Presentation Secondary school teacher Margaret Walsh, aged 47, died unexpectedly at her home last Monday. Married to Wexford CBS teacher Murt Francis, she had been a much-loved member of staff at the Pres since 2002.

The school said Margaret was 'a lover of life, learning and family and her loss is keenly felt'.

On Saturday, popular Castlebridge parish priest, 71-year-old Fr. Walter Forde, was found dead in his bed at his home in Gorey.

He had been due to officiate at a Christening, and when he failed to arrive, a check at his home revealed the sad news that he had passed away. Fr. Forde had been due to retire over the next few months.

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